Saul thought he did a good job. I can see him just completely surprised when he heard the prophet Samuel say, "No! No! No! You don't get it! You got it all wrong, man!" (Read: 1 Samuel 15)
We need to get this straight! God is King! God is the only authority! God is also love! God is the only currency that matters! What God calls "money" should be money to us! What God calls worthwhile, valuable or well worth our time should be the same exact reflection in our own mind and value system. But here is what is really reallly important. We need to understand that ANYTHING.. ANYTHING you do, big or small, for God by faith in obedience will be blessed!
Sometimes, the more radical, the more phenomenal is what God will do, when you obey! But when we think and lean on the conventional and practical acts of behavior only, we need to check and make sure we are not thinking this way because we don't want to stand out of the crowd or look "different" than other people, or we just want to fit in, we will oddly find ourselves not only lacking in the practical matters of our lives, but we will also find ourselves lacking with a sense of unfulfillment in our lives..Maybe that's why we as a people are always filled with a sense that we need adventure to go out into the unknown...but maybe it's more about this: We need to be bold for God and live with our faith to really feel alive!
Life often feels so mundane for so many probably because we so often live life using our cultural ruler. I know people who hesitate to live differently because that can't even make a single action before they measure every behavior by what people think or how their friends will react....We often behave that way because we so desperately value their approval. (see where I'm going with this yet?) If this is the way you feel, that is a clear indication that your value system might be off center. It's off center when you care about what people think when people most of the time don't even care or even think about you most of the time.
But God is saying this: Do what you know you should be doing for God today! Do what I tell you to do just because He told you. Don't know when you "hear" God's voice? Practice makes perfect. You learn to recognize a person's voice by spending more time with them. I can recognize certain singers on the radio because I like their voice and I listen to them often. Live that way everyday! Pracitce spending time with Him. Listen to His voice. Get crazy for God just for who He is.
But you can change your value system right now. Here's how you do it: Believe that God and His grace is bigger and better in your life than EVERY OTHER THING, EVER (PERIOD)! Nothing is greater than God! Therefore, if God is gently urging you to help someone, don't talk yourself practically out of it, like you could ever figure out the outcome! Just help that person. What you do for God will ALWAYS be blessed! By the way, every single moment you spend in Jesus' name...do you think that it is not noticed by God!? No! He sees what you do, and by the way, you will see the result of every single nanosecond you spent alone or with others for the sake of Jesus' name! It's your job to believe it. Anything great in our eyes or small in our eyes, that you do to honor Christ is going to be blessed even three to seven fold what you or anyone could ever dream possible! Have faith in God! When you feel in your deepest of heart what you need to do, think crazy for God, not practical for people, and God promises you will be blessed (Mt 6:33).
Remember, God's economy rules!
God bless you today greatly!!
If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.